Polar Plunge: 'I relish the chance to do something crazy. And if it’s for a great cause, it’s all that much better'

Polar Plunge: 'I relish the chance to do something crazy. And if it’s for a great cause, it’s all that much better'

EUGENE, Ore. -- Dozens took a dip in the Willamette Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

State Police sponsored Polar Plunge events across Oregon, with participants raising at least $50 for the Special Olympics.

“It means a lot it adds to our funding and helps the athletes get to do what they want to do with the sports,” said Ted Barker, local chapter organizer for the Special Olympics.

Eugene’s plungers gathered at Maurie Jacobs Park at around 10 a.m., some dressed in costume for the fridgid adventure.

“It's a great cause,” said Ed Thornton. “I relish the chance to do something crazy. And if it’s for a great cause, it’s all that much better. I don't jump off of mountains or jump off of airplanes but this is something I can do."

KMTR’s own Jeff Kelly MC'ed the event, and anchors Ty Steele and Amanda Zitzman went for a swim.

Montona Barnes said she took the plunge for her brother.

“He's in the Special Olympics and it's a really good cause and great way to support and be a part of it,” Barnes said.

Whatever their reason, everyone had fun bringing in cold, hard cash for the charity.